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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11 - Josh Groban: Noël

The year 2007 saw the release of Josh Groban's Noël.  This album is one on our "short list" of favorites.  Josh's style has been called "classical-crossover," and is very much suited for great sacred music.

It's hard to pick out favorite tracks on this one.  "What Child Is This" is particularly good, and has a portion where the accompaniment goes quiet and his vocals are clean, clear, and awe-inspiring.

"Little Drummer Boy" goes far beyond the typical and expected little drum.  There is almost a Celtic feel to it.  Great percussion and soaring vocals take a song that can be a bit of a sleeper on some albums, and makes it memorable.

"Panis Angelicus" is a great Latin hymn.  How many artists will take a risk and sing a Latin song on their contemporary album?  Josh Groban does, and does it splendidly!  The title means "Bread of Angels," and while (strictly speaking)it is not a Christmas hymn, you can make allusions to "Bethlehem" meaning "House of Bread," where Jesus, the Bread from heaven was born.

Yes, Josh Groban is yet another powerful and great male vocalist in our Christmas  list of favorites!

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